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Borrowers [DVD] [1997] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]

John Goodman , Jim Broadbent , Peter Hewitt    DVD
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  • Actors: John Goodman, Jim Broadbent, Mark Williams, Celia Imrie, Flora Newbigin
  • Directors: Peter Hewitt
  • Writers: Gavin Scott, John Kamps, Mary Norton
  • Producers: Debra Hayward, Eric Fellner, Liza Chasin, Mary Richards
  • Format: Closed-captioned, Colour, Dolby, DVD-Video, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English
  • Audio Description: English, French, Spanish
  • Region: Region 1 (US and Canada DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 4:3 - 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: PG (Parental Guidance Suggested) (US MPAA rating. See details.)
  • Studio: Universal Studios
  • DVD Release Date: 5 Nov 2002
  • Run Time: 89 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00007ELEM
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 144,813 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)



The popular children's books by Mary Norton have been filmed before, but never with as much imagination and ingenuity as you'll find on display in this delightful fantasy film released to critical praise in 1998. The eponymous Borrowers are a family of tiny people who live in the walls and under the floorboards in the homes of "normal-sized" humans; they earn their by "borrowing" the household items (string, food crumbs, buttons, and so on) needed to furnish their tiny hiding places and provide their meals. The little Clock family lives happily undisturbed in the home of an aged aunt, but when the aunt dies and her will is stolen by an unscrupulous lawyer (John Goodman), the Clocks face eviction and the frightening hazards of the outside world. Under the ingenious direction of Peter Hewitt, this simple, straightforward movie mixes comedy, adventure, and suspense with some of the cleverest special effects you've ever seen, taking full advantage of effects technologies to immerse you in the world of the tiny people. A climactic chase scene in a milk-bottling plant is a visual tour de force, and the movie's smart and dazzling enough to entertain parents and children alike. After its modest success in cinemas, The Borrowers stands a good chance of becoming a home-video favourite. --Jeff Shannon

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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
Unlike the superb BBC serialisation that was faithfully based on Mary Norton's book from the 50's, this film has been updated and an American TV star brought in. Unfortunately the script and plot isn't really quite as good as the original book and the out of place slapstick does reduce the tension somewhat. My son (9) and daughter (11) really liked this film, but I preferred the two BBC 'borrowers' series, first screened in 1993 and 1994 (make sure you get the two DVD set, series one and two - 6 hours of quality children's TV). The BBC series is far darker, being played straight with no slapstick and despite the Borrower's amusing antics and the witty script, it's got many quite tense moments and is all the better for it. The special effects in the film (and much of the BBC series) are actually very good - although a lot of the atmosphere in both is derived from the superb 'miniature' sets.

The BBC series scores though by being set in the original isolated 1920'ish shires countryside, about the time of Norton's childhood, in a period when children were more strictly brought up and would think nothing of keeping big secrets from the adults. This film is set in a UK town around 1956 and so seems quite modern in comparison. However, in any era the Borrower's worst fear, above even cats and rats, is to be 'seen' by a human, after which they know the human will spend all his time trying to find them again (so they will have leave and find a new home). The cast in the film are very good, although Jim Broadbent's character doesn't capture the sensitive and secretive nature of Borrower Pod as brilliantly as Ian Holm (BBC version). Also Penelope Wilson (BBC) just 'is' the timid house proud Homily.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great Film 18 Jan 2014
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Really quirky - I love the fact that it doesn't attach itself to a particular era, and is a mixture of all eras. Loved the Morris Minors everywhere. It is great entertainment and so well acted. You can't help but be engrossed in it, whether you are 7 or 70.
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5.0 out of 5 stars great buy 19 Dec 2013
Very entertaining, great for all the family, young and old alike.
would recommend it to anyone.
very clever and funny had kids falling about laughing.
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5.0 out of 5 stars classic film!! 18 April 2014
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classic film from my childhood. definitely one to be watched over and over again!! firm family favourite!! well worth watching!!
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5.0 out of 5 stars dvd 22 Nov 2013
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What great value for the price. I absolutely love this dvd. I am very pleased with this purchase. Thank you.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Prizewinner 1 Jun 2013
By maybell
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my kids won tickets to see this as a family treat when first released and it still is good entertainment today
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5.0 out of 5 stars LOVE IT 24 May 2013
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This film was one of my childhood favourites and I bought the DVD mainly to show my flatmates what it was, but I've been watching it ever since! It's great!
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2.0 out of 5 stars Ghastly. Two stars may be generous 27 Dec 2012
With Jim Broadbent, Celia Imrie and John Goodman, it's incredible that such a dull, dreary adaptation of a classic was made. This relates to the books only by having little people living in a house. Quite honestly, it could have equaly well been called "Truckers", as it has about the same amount of similarity to that as it does Mary Norton's magical tales.

If you want to see "The Borrowers" come to life, then track down the marvellous BBC TV series, or try the Studio Ghibli animation, but give this a wide berth. only the fantastic cast gets this two stars. One star is severely tempting.
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